RFCU 2017 Scholarship Recipients

For the second year in a row, Redstone Federal Credit Union® has upped its scholarship award money to $65,000. This year, 14 lucky students were selected to each receive $4,650 as part of Redstone’s commitment to higher education and brighter futures.       

Redstone awards $65,000 in new scholarships

August 1, 2017

RFCU 2017 Scholarship Recipients

 

For the second year in a row, Redstone Federal Credit Union® has upped its scholarship award money to $65,000. This year, 14 lucky students were selected to each receive $4,650 as part of Redstone’s commitment to higher education and brighter futures.   

Since its scholarship program begin in 1996, Redstone has awarded more than $400,000 to students – in the form of scholarships.  All money is paid directly to the college or university. 

Innovation was the key theme this year.

Applicants were asked to write an essay on this statement:

Innovation, it is not just about inventions and new technologies. Share, in your own words, what innovation means to you. What do you consider the greatest innovation of your lifetime, and the affect this innovation has had on you personally? If you had the ability, what innovation could you contribute to make other people’s lives brighter? How would you accomplish this?

Meet the 2017 Scholarship Recipients

2017 Scholarship Recipients

The talented students submitted ambitious innovation ideas. A better insulin pump, affordable hearing devices, advanced treatment for macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s diseases were all cited.

Elizabeth Whitman, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a child, wants to find a better way to help children with Cerebral Palsy to get their braces fitted for their limbs. 

Leah Sneddon wants to create a fabric that is tear resistant, self-cleaning and temperature regulating. Fabrics that help people and the environment are her goals. 

Joel Guske, Redstone’s Vice President of Innovation, spoke during the July awards dinner and challenged the recipients to work hard, have passion for their work, and to be open to change and new ideas. Those traits fuel innovation, he said. 

The scholarship committee was extremely impressed by the level of applications this year and the applicants’ ideas and innovations discussed in their essays. Students were scored on their essay and their service to others.

The scholarship committee received and reviewed 465 applications. Those students are pursuing associate or bachelor’s degrees from colleges and universities all over the country and from RFCU’s seven partner schools, which comprises educational institutions located near branch offices.

The scholarship application process opens each year in late December and ends in early March. Scholarship recipients are announced by May 31.  

The 2017 recipients are: Rachel Guthrie, Huntsville, AL / Auburn University; Rachel Hammond, Elkmont, AL / University of Alabama in Huntsville;

Lisa Martina Henderson, Huntsville, AL / Oakwood University; Maxwell Gardner, Murfreesboro, TN / Middle Tennessee State University; Christopher Heningburg, Huntsville, AL / J. F. Drake State Community College; Elana Pate, Elkmont, AL / Calhoun Community College; Mallory Newton, Meridianville, AL / Athens State University; William Clark McAllister, Huntsville, AL / Alabama A&M University; Ashton Moran, Taft, TN / Martin Methodist College; Leah Sneddon, Harvest, AL / University of Alabama;

Zoe Katherine Myers, Owens Cross Roads / Samford University; Kailey Sanders, Huntland, TN / Martin Methodist College; Elizabeth Whitman, Huntsville, AL / Troy University; Jake Christa, Huntsville, AL. / Northeast Mississippi Community College.   

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